In the Observer: Clinton, Bloomberg, McCain

On the trail with Hillary Clinton, Jason Horowitz reports that “The mood inside the campaign has been swinging wildly in the concluding hours of the Iowa caucuses.”

Azi relays that as early as 2004, Bloomberg aide Kevin Sheekey spoke about preparing for a presidential bid.

Suzy Hansen, writing from Turkey, looks at whether an Obama presidency would really be an antidote to anti-Americanism.

Jennifer Rubin considers the rise, fall, and resurrection of John McCain’s campaign for the Republican nomination.

Steve Kornacki thinks that, once again, “McCain is presenting an enormously compelling case to free-thinking Republicans and independents,” but in this campaign his emphasis is on foreign policy. Which, given the actual policy, might give them pause.

“He is not only independent but free-floating, in the imaginations of his would-be supporters; he is not only devoid of ideology but practically free of content,” writes Joe Conason of the idea of a Bloomberg presidential candidacy.

Chris Lehman examines how the current situation in affects thelegacy of the Bush administration.

Eliot Brown sits down with Eliot Spitzer to talk about some of the city’s big development projects.

And Gillian Reagan looks at when and why we say, “Oh, F@#&*$% It!